Mechanical Technician

Ref No. KENT
Salary £25,000 - £26,000/annum
Location Canterbury, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status


Our client, Southern Water are looking to recruit Field based Mechanical Fitters to undertake mechanical repair and maintenance work on their treatment works. It will be a field based position covering East Kent.


Must be mechanically trained with industrial experience

The Job

There are 3 available mechanical positions in East Kent.

1 x Mechanical Fitter covering Ashford area
2 x Mechanical Fitter covering Canterbury area

Job Description

To undertake the day-to-day maintenance of, and repairs to, water and wastewater treatment works, sludge treatment centres and pumping stations to ensure all environmental, quality and customer service standards are met, whilst meeting H&S legislation and achieving budgetary targets.

* To undertake reactive and planned maintenance of plant and equipment on a daily basis.
* To coach, train and develop staff under their supervision, this to include the apprenticeship programme
* To install new plant and equipment as required
* Provide technical expertise to Internal & External contractors.
* Manage projects internally and provide the technical expertise to contractors working for Southern Water
* To respond to alarms and fault find to identify issues, fix these or escalate if required
* To carry out inspection and test on electrical equipment following company procedures
* To gain quotations for parts, equipment or from contractors for work to be carried out
* To provide self-quotations for work to be carried out, so assessment can be made against contractor prices.
* To update the necessary company systems and databases as required accurately and promptly
* To identify possible future risks and recommend changes in the course of their day-to-day work and to raise these for resolution as required.
* To provide standby cover on a 24/7 basis in case of emergency or out-of-hours issue
* To keep up to date with new technology and approaches to ensure they can service existing plant/equipment and are able to identify opportunities to utilise new methods/approaches in their work.

Key skills:

* Able to understand and/or use standard equipment and tools required of speciality and manufacture simple parts (welding etc)
* Understands operational processes and impacts
* Can read and understand technical Mechanical drawings
* Able to self teach due to experience/expertise
* Understands Southern Water operations
* Aware of new products
* Must understand permitted standards of discharge at Wastewater Treatment Work's and forwarding rates at Wastewater Pumping Station's
* Must understand ISO9001 procedures when working on Water Supply Works
* Health and Safety (selves and public)
* Regulatory risk and Legislative compliance (e.g Street works Act)
Skills and Competencies:
* Good written and verbal communication
* Able to work effectively under pressure
* Good collaborative and influencing skills
* Adaptable/flexible and self motivated

Experience and Qualifications:

* Knowledge or mechanical experience in a heavy industry
* Has completed a recognised apprenticeship in an industrial area
* ONC or equivalent in speciality area

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